What is our motivation, how we see the past and the present of the digital workspace, and why we encourage you to (re)start fresh with PrivMX - here’s the first part of our introductory blog post series.
Hi, and first of all, thank you very much for your interest in PrivMX! My name is Maciej (Matt) and as a PrivMX Team Member, I am responsible for software design and many other things. I’m going to be your guide here. :-) I’ll be trying to describe the project, from its assumptions, through implementation, to the plans we have for its future. I invite you to read the first post in the series, an introduction of sorts.
PrivMX is optimized to make teamwork effective, clutter-free and protected - but for us, it is also part of a wider vision. I know it may sound a bit pompous, but a certain idea has been driving us for the past few years – we imagine and see great value in a digital network where people and teams can work and share ideas privately. Many say that information is the most valuable asset in the world - we think that in the digital world, information is everything. With PrivMX, we want to change the digital workplace to make it more organic and to make teams owners of their own ideas, again.
We started programming as teenagers in 1980s. Back then, we were in love with our home computers and we knew everything about them – how useful and fun they could be. All games had a „game over” screen and it was natural to turn computers off after using them, just like any other home appliances. When the internet arrived in the 90s, home computers and work stations became end-points of the global computer network - the world began to change. As programmers, we were excited to have many new possibilities of development and we dived into this new space as many people did. Now, years later, our teenage children treat the internet as a natural part of the world and this probably won’t change.
Today’s world is shaped by waves in the digital network, our civilization and our lives depend on them. Internet is a digital space where people work, discuss, plan, think, play and live their alternative lives. These are facts everybody is aware of, and most people praise the benefits and convenience of various internet services (especially during periods of mandatory social distancing). But if we’d give our most valuable and original thoughts and ideas to those interconnected, data processing and all-knowing internet machines, what would remain for us? What would we become then? Such questions may seem strange or naive at first, but these are some of the most important questions that the humankind has to answer at the beginning of the 21st century.
In PrivMX, we believe that if our civilization moves our work and lives to the internet, then the network should support privacy, as it is an elementary aspect of human life and work. The right to privacy is, for instance, important in terms of preserving a functional system of intellectual rights, healthy market competition and human rights in general. Digital civilization without privacy – are we getting close or are we already there?
The way we see it in PrivMX, we are closer than ever, and there is no time to waste - we should all start to think more carefully about our digital lives and work. Actually, „care” is a term we use and promote in PrivMX because it’s the key ingredient in all solutions here. We’d like to ask everybody a simple question: How much do you care for your ideas? How much do you care about your team members and your team as a whole? We have found that all such questions are interconnected and lead to similar answers.
But if we need and like to use digital tools in our daily work routine, how should a contemporary, human-oriented digital workspace be organized? Our privacy-by-design software is an attempt to give a constructive answer to this question. I’ll try to describe its general design in my next post.
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